Colt Runabout

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Colt Runabout
Overview
Manufacturer Colt Runabout Company
Production 1907
Body and chassis
Body style Runabout
Powertrain
Engine six-cylinder gasoline
Transmission 3-speed manual[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 105 in (2,667 mm) [2]

The Colt Runabout was an American brass era automobile, built in Yonkers, New York, in 1907[3] by a man named William Mason Turner.[2]

It was a two-seater, with the long hood and short tail (where a pair of spare tires were mounted) characteristic of the period,[4] and weighing in at only 1800 lb (816 kg). It was priced at US$1500,[4] compared to US$650 for the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout[5] and the Ford "Doctor's Car" at US$850,[6] but below the US$1600 of the Oakland 40[7] and well below even American's lowest-price model, which was US$4250 (its highest was US$5250).[8]

The Runabout's 477 in3 (7819 cc) (4.5×5-inch, 114×127 mm) six-cylinder produced 40 hp (30 kW), and Colt claimed the car would hit 60 mph (100 km/h), a considerable feat in 1907.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Colt Automobile & The Colt Runabout Co". American-automobiles.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  3. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.63.
  4. ^ a b Clymer, p.63.
  5. ^ Clymer, p.32.
  6. ^ Clymer, p.37.
  7. ^ Clymer, p.84.
  8. ^ Clymer, p.91.

Sources[edit]

  • Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p. 32.